Drink up! Rumor has it beer can be healthy.


If you’re a beer fanatic like I am, you’re in luck. Researchers say that beer can help neurological disorders like dementia and Parkinson’s disease. Does this mean the human race should frolic to the bars and load up on beer? Probably not. But according to ACS’ Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, the components in beer could protect brain cells from damage and are worth looking into to further prevent brain diseases.

This study, led by Jianguo Fang and his team from Lanzhou University, investigated the beer component Xanthohumol – an active component that is found in both hops and beers. It’s not surprising that this particular beer component is getting media hype because it’s a part of the flavonoid family (metabolites found in plants). Anyways, the flavonoid family often gets praise for creating components that have health benefits like red wine, chocolate, and berries.

During the investigation, Fang and his team took neurons from a rat’s brain, placed them in a dish with active Xanthohumol. According to IFL Science, the investigators “damaged [the neurons] through oxidated stress. Not only did it scavenge damaging reactive molecules, but it also resulted in the upregulation of certain protective genes, called cytoprotective genes, which shield cells from oxidative stress and stress-related diseases such as cancer, neurodegeneration and inflammation.”

Before you go swapping your water for your favorite ale or blond, more research will be needed to know exactly how the beer can benefit the brain. But in the meantime, do your own research. Cheers!




Arugula Salad


I love a good salad. More importantly, I love a salad that not only tastes amazing, but also takes no time to make. While looking for a good salad recipe to serve with rib-eye steak, I decided to pull from chatroom suggestions over the internet and create my own salad that not only pairs perfectly with red meat, but one I will definitely make again and again.

-packaged arugula
-parmesan cheese (shaved)
-a package of cherry tomatoes
-extra virgin olive oil
-balsamic vinegar glaze
-salt and pepper (to taste)

photo by Stacy Shepherd
photo by Stacy Shepherd

1. Clean and dry the arugula, then toss into a serving bowl.

2. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half, then add tomatoes to the arugula bowl.

photo by Stacy Shepherd
photo by Stacy Shepherd

3. Sprinkle the shaved parmesan on top of the salad, then lightly drizzle the olive oil and balsamic glaze.

4. Toss well, and season if salt and pepper if you prefer!

photo by Stacy Shepherd
photo by Stacy Shepherd

Must Try: Aerial Fitness


I got into aerial fitness last year back when I was living in Boston. Immediately after taking only a few classes, I noticed that my arms were becoming more defined, my legs more toned, and my strength was back to where it was when I was at my strongest.

Not only was my body sculpting in a way that pleased me, aerial fitness was fun. It’s fun to climb silks, learn tricks and falls, and to create a movement out of something in the air. Needless to say, I became addicted to this type of working out, and when I moved back to Orange County, I HAD to find a studio here to feed my addiction.

I found that unlike big cities, Orange County doesn’t have a vast amount of aerial fitness studios to try. I’ve compiled a list of the studios below, and if I miss any, please let me know!

1. Aerial Fitness Orange County

This studio, in Costa Mesa, is a great studio to take privates, group lessons, or to even get your children in on the fun (they have kid classes!) When I’ve gone to this studio in the mornings (typically around 10 a.m.) I’m the only one in the group classes so there is a lot of personal instruction and attention. If silks isn’t your thing, you can also try out the static trapeze or lyra (hoop.)

Prices range from $25-45 a class, depending on the type of package you buy; 151 Kalmus Drive, J-7, Costa Mesa; (949) 631-5587.

2. Urban Aerial Fitness

Urban Aerial Fitness does everything from classic aerial silks classes to pole classes. While the aerial classes are co-ed, the pole classes are strictly provided for women. Looking for a sexy surprise for your hunk on valentine’s day? Give pole a try! They are offering a “Lap Dance 101” on Sunday, February 8.

$35 for a single class; 8780 Warner Avenue #14, Fountain Valley; (714) 502-4983.

3. Fembody Fitness

Fembody has both Orange County and Los Angeles locations. Their OC location, in Huntington Beach, offers classes from aerial, to barre, to pole, and even burlesque. If you’re looking to stick with aerial, you have the choice between silks and lyra.

Prices range from $15-$35 depending on the class; 16942 Gothard St. #J, Huntington Beach (Huntington Beach location); (714) 848-4708.